Preparing for Census 2020 in Your Libraries
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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West Seneca Public Library, 1300 Union Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224


Everything you wanted to know about the Census, but were afraid to ask!

As Census 2020 approaches, you may find yourself facing questions from patrons who will want to know why the Census matters and how they can fill it out. In fact, you may be asking yourself what can libraries do to prepare for the Census, and why should they?

The Census is an essential component of library advocacy. The statistics gathered by counting residents are used to determine not only the state of the nation but also reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and the distribution of federal funds. All of this impacts the support your communities receive from the government. 

Census experts will discuss the vital importance of Census 2020. You will learn why you should assist your patrons with the Census and you will be prepared to answer questions from your patrons about the Census. You will also learn how to market the Census in your library as well how to use the Census to arm yourself with demographic information and statistics for your community leaders.


Amy Brombos, Supervisory Partnership Specialist, New York Regional Census Center, Field Division, U.S. Census Bureau

David Kraiker, Data Dissemination & GIS Specialist, Customer Liaison & Marketing Services Office, Data Dissemination and Training Branch, U.S. Census Bureau

Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Charles Lyons, Director, Butler Library, Buffalo State College

Robert M. Adelman, Chair, Department of Sociology, University at Buffalo

Grace Riario, Executive Director, Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)


Lunch will be provided.

Located within the West Seneca Community Center & Library found in Centennial Park, one half mile north of the Southgate Plaza, next to Town Hall. 
Wheelchair accessible.  Parking lot available.
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Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


2 Professional Development Sessions that Support C3 Framework and Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2019 from 8:30am-2:30pm

Location: WNYLRC Training Center (4950 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY)


The goal of this professional development program is to:

  • Introduce educators to the principles of communication across the curriculum and communication in the disciplines;
  • Build a knowledge base of digital primary sources available through the Library of Congress;
  • Understand and develop strategies to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques;
  • Identify key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use;
  • Identify how argument and communication techniques can be effectively used in the social studies or history classroom;
  • Develop and implement practical strategies to support evidence-based arguments;
  • Lead supported debate to deepen students’ ability to use valid reasoning and evidence;
  • Implement reflection to integrate learning and achieve writing or communication goals; and
  • Create a new and refreshing 21st century classroom where teachers can offer students an environment of blended learning in which students are active participants.

Each attendee will be required to attend two full day sessions:

  • The first full-day session will be devoted exploring how to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques; building a knowledge base of digital primary sources; and conducting inquiry-based learning with primary sources.
  • The second full-day session will be devoted to introducing the TPS Teachers Network for further sources and lesson plans; instructing using inquiry, argument and writing in the social studies or history classroom; and conducting pop-up debate and reflection to further communication and writing outcomes.

We are very excited to launch this new program for interdisciplinary civic engagement learning and hope that you will participate in a unique endeavor that offers the best from the ELA and social sciences fields.


Dr. Ann Rivera, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Chair, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at Villa Maria College, and member of the Buffalo Board of Education

Heidi Ziemer, Outreach & Digital Services Coordinator, Western New York Library Resources Council, and Teaching with Primary Sources Professional Development Provider Institute Coach


Stipends are available to reimburse the cost of substitute teachers


CTLE credit will be available and lunch will be provided


Contact Dr. Ann Rivera at or Ms. Heidi Ziemer at for more information about registration



This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.